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Adam Lambert to sing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on American Idol finale — plus more huge performers

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Sunday’s American Idol grand finale is shaping up to be exactly that — grand! The episode will be an enormous super-concert, featuring performances from past Idol winner Carrie Underwood, former contestant (and current Queen frontman!) Adam Lambert, as well as judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and many more.

ABC revealed a partial, but quite extensive, list of performers Wednesday, which, of course, includes the final three contestants — Alejandro Aranda, Madison VanDenburg, and Laine Hardy. The three will all perform solo — hoping to secure the country’s vote during the live, coast-to-coast broadcast — while also joining some of today’s biggest names in music: Hardy will perform with Jon Pardi on a medley of “Night Shift” and “Dirt on My Boots”; VanDenburg will take the stage with Dan + Shay to sing “All To Myself” and “Speechless.”

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The three-hour finale will also welcome back the rest of the Top 10 — Laci Kaye Booth, Walker Burroughs, Wade Cota, Dimitrius Graham, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, and Alyssa Raghu, and Uche — with who will all perform with Richie, as well as a medley of songs with Kool & The Gang, plus other duets with acts including Kane Brown and Weezer.

And former contestant Shayy, who wow’ed the judges and audiences with her powerful voice and emotional story about her recent vision loss, will also return to perform “Rise Up,” which brought Richie to tears during her initial audition.

The finale of ABC’s American Idol, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, airs live coast to coast, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with the winner announced at the end of the episode.

See the first round of performers below:

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